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Registration in the Netherlands

All residents in the Netherlands who are planning to stay more than four months in one year must register their details in the Basisregistratie Personen – BRP (Municipal Personal Records Database) with the municipality in which they intend to live. This appointment needs to be in person, with all family members present. 

All residents new to the Netherlands are required by Dutch law to register their presence. In order to register you must first have a Dutch address. Officially you should register within five days of arriving. In practice this is often impossible, but you should make an appointment to register as soon as possible.

If staying in the Netherlands for less than four months there is a special procedure for registration: registratie niet ingezetenenRNI (registration as a non-inhabitant).

Expat Centre Maastricht Region, Gemeente Maastricht and the Immigratie- en Naturalisatiedienst – IND (Immigration and Naturalisation Service) have initiated a pilot from January 2020 to provide fast tracked registration procedures and immigration service provisions in the region.

The formal procedures, one-stop-shop, consist of collecting residence permits, registering with the municipality and receiving a personal consultation about living and working in South Limburg. Furthermore, with the Fast Track process, the Burgerservicenummer – BSN (resident service number), which is the first and most crucial element for a solid landing in the Netherlands, is issued within three days of application, instead of the legally stipulated four week waiting period.

Employees of companies that are IND erkend referent (IND recognised sponsor) can make use of these services via applications made by their employer. These employers can schedule an appointment for this service by contacting us.

Other foreign nationals who wish to work, live or study in the South Limburg region can also utilise the IND service point in Maastricht for the collection of residence documents, to supply biometric information or to receive their residence endorsement stickers or return visas.

More information on this procedure in our Companies section. 

Non-EU citizens will need a residence permit to complete their registration. Go to our Visas & Permits section for more information regarding work and residence permits.

Moving within the Netherlands

When moving residences but staying within a municipality, the municipality must be notified as soon the move is complete. When relocating within the Netherlands, as soon as registration with the new municipality is complete, deregistration the old municipality takes place automatically. This is usually completed online via the website of the new municipality, where responsibility for paying city taxes (which are paid to the BsGW in Limburg) will also automatically be adjusted and transferred.

Leaving the Netherlands

When moving to another country from the Netherlands it is mandatory to deregister from the BRP. The municipality automatically notifies other government authorities of the registered departure. Deregistration can be carried out up to a month before leaving the Netherlands, a date of departure must be specified and deregistration will be carried out on the departure date provided. This can be done via the website of the municipality.